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Freewill couples free to live on

KARACHI: For Sana, the ordeal is finally over. The court has allowed her to live with the man she married of her freewill on August 27. Since then, she had been facing threats; from her family, from her relatives and also from the police, which were acting on the criminal case registered against her husband.

Azad Khoso had married Sana, a schoolteacher in Dhabeji, after executing freewill before a Justice of the Peace against her family’s consent. Two days later, the woman’s father, Punno, registered a case with the Dhabeji police, alleging Khoso and his family members of kidnapping his daughter, whose name was Sunita, and forcibly converting her to Islam later.

The family was involved in kidnapping Hindu girls and selling them after marriage, he alleged. Azad Khoso and his wife had gone to the court against the police authorities for harassing them in the “fake” kidnap case lodged at the Dhabeji police station. The police were harassing him and his family members and might arrest them, Khoso submitted.

On court’s order, the case investigation officer recorded the statement of Sana, who on oath said she embraced Islam of her free choice and then married Khoso on her freewill. She also denied the allegation that she was kidnapped by her husband and asked to be allowed to live with him instead of her family.

On Friday, a division bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah took up the case. After going through the sworn statement of Sana, the court granted Sana’s request to go with her husband. While disposing of the petition, the court directed the police to provide protection to the couple. The investigation officer was ordered to complete the inquiry and submit his report.

The Express Tribune

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